Teenwork Cornwall, a Year 10 business created by teenagers for teenagers from Treviglas School in Newquay, has won two category awards and come third overall in the South West finals of the 2017 Young Enterprise Company Programme. The event was held at Renishaw in Gloucestershire and included eight teams from across the region, all of them winners in their own counties.

Teenwork’s success was even more remarkable given that they were significantly younger than the other competitors, who were all Year 12 students. They won the Most Innovative Product award for developing an employment service which links 16-18 year olds with employers to find suitable work and the Best Presentation award.

John Topham, Chair of Cornwall’s Young Enterprise board, was also presented with a Gold Award for his continued dedication to the Young Enterprise charity and its aim of providing young people with the opportunity to hone their commercial and creative skills in a structured, year-long project to develop and run their own business.

“The Treviglas team were outstanding at the finals – extremely positive and professional,” said Cornwall’s YE Manager Helen Carlin. “They thoroughly deserved the accolades heaped on them.

“I’m also delighted for John Topham who works so hard to make YE a success in the county. He even took on the role of interim YE Manager in the three months before I was appointed in April – for which I know the rest of the board, our schools, teams and business advisers are all very grateful.”

The South West Regional Company of the Year title went to St Mary’s School, Calne, in Wiltshire who will now go on to the national finals to be held in London on 6 July.

For more information about participating in the 2018 Young Enterprise company programme in Cornwall, please contact Helen Carlin on 07949771429 or email helen.carlin@y-e.org.uk